Chamber Music Festival shines with virtuosity and variety

July 27-Aug 5, 2017


The Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival brings five nights of stunning Centerstage concerts at the festival barn perched high above the valley at Signal Hill Ranch, plus free, informal music at venues throughout the valley.

The festival combines beloved masterworks of the chamber music repertoire, virtuosic solos and duos, and introduces audiences to innovative and unfamiliar music and sounds.

This year artistic director Kevin Krentz has programmed six violinists, three viola players, five cellists, two pianists, and a master of the sheng, a traditional Chinese wind instrument.

The festival will feature some of the most accomplished string and piano players working today, in music by Brahms, Chausson, Haydn, and Smetana, among others. Returning artists include British pianist Tom Poster, violinist Elena Urioste, and violist Ayane Kozasa.


Violinist Tessa Lark, a recent winner of the Avery Fisher career grant, one of the highest honors awarded to a musician, will make her debut appearance on the local stage. She’ll showcase her talents in traditional classical repertoire and in bluegrass influences from her native Kentucky.

Poster, known for his creative and classy arrangements of American songs, will be featured in a program of popular tunes on at the Tuesday, August 1, concert.

Concertgoers are encouraged to take advantage of the scenic festival setting high on Signal Hill. They can come early for a picnic, with food available from Oliver’s Artisan Kitchen and wine from local wineries, or explore the grounds – including the Piano Garden, an art installation of discarded pianos – and stay late for Afterglow parties with the musicians, and for stargazing with the Methow’s consummate observer of the night sky. As always, open rehearsals in the barn are free to the public every morning on the five Centerstage concert days.

DATES: July 27-Aug 5. Centerstage concerts, July 27 and 29, August 1, 3, and 5. In addition, the Fellowship Quartet, the festival’s energetic teaching ensemble, will play at venues throughout the valley during the course of the 10-day festival. CONTACT/TICKETS/INFO: LOCATION: Can be found at this link CLICK HERE